Snap­ping & Shar­ing Va­ca­tion Pho­tos

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Va­ca­tion is a time for at­tend­ing to your bucket list as well as for re­lax­ing. After vis­it­ing Tu­lum, I'm happy to say I can of­fi­cially check swim­ming with sea tur­tles off my per­sonal list. Whether you're having a once-in-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ence or spend­ing time with loved ones, you'll want a vis­ual record to help keep your mem­o­ries fresh.

Tak­ing pic­tures on your iPhone is an easy way to ac­com­plish that goal. We all took tons of pho­tos and shared our best shots with each other us­ing the Mo­ments (free) app by Face­book. Orig­i­nally, we tried us­ing iCloud Photo Shar­ing to cre­ate a joint al­bum, but after ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sev­eral glitches, we switched to Mo­ments and found it to be far su­pe­rior, let­ting us cre­ate a group and share pho­tos in­stan­ta­neously.

If you're em­bark­ing on an out­door ac­tiv­ity, I sug­gest try­ing to get your hands on a GoPro if you can. When we went snor­kel­ing, our guide used a GoPro to take high-def un­der­wa­ter shots of us hang­ing out with sea tur­tles. He shared the pic­tures with us us­ing the GoPro app (free), and they turned out re­ally well, de­spite it be­ing a windy day with a lot of tur­bu­lence.

I have a fi­nal photo rec­om­men­da­tion that I never thought I'd make: Buy a selfie stick. Yes, the ridicu­lous-look­ing re­tractable stick with an iPhone mount on the end. I've been mak­ing fun of selfie sticks for years, un­til I broke down and bought one to con­duct in­ter­views at CES. It turns out they're su­per con­ve­nient for steady­ing your shot and fit­ting a co­pi­ous num­ber of peo­ple in your frame when tak­ing a group photo. If you de­cide to risk the mock­ing and buy a selfie stick, make sure to buy one that has a shut­ter re­lease but­ton in the han­dle and that has a se­cure mount­ing sys­tem, that way you don't end up fling­ing your iPhone across the room when try­ing to take a pic­ture.

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